10 Things That Require Zero Talent (but aren't easy)
Firstly, don't get me wrong, I'm comfortable with the list. The way talent is generally defined (which is really a description of someone's Sport Specific Physical Aptitude), the list makes sense. Specifically, the point is that there is no relationship between the aptitude to successfully perform the skills of a sport, and the attributes listed.
I'd like to make another list of things that require little effort for some people:
- Being able to jump higher than your most of your peers
- Being able to run faster than most of your peers
- Being able to lift more than most of your peers
- Being able to perform complicated technical skills better than most of your peers
- Being able to physically exert yourself longer than most of your peers before fatiguing
- ok - I'm not going to do 10, I think you get the idea
- Being Coachable? This means that you are constantly open to criticism and change. No one likes that - its really confronting.
- Doing extra work sounds easy. But at the end of a day when you have already trained for 4 hours plus spent 8 hours studying? That's not easy at all. Its arguably not even sensible.
- Being passionate isn't hard. Unless you are asked to be passionate about something you aren't really passionate about. For example, be passionate about motor sport. Done? I suspect not. Does this mean you aren't good at driving? No, its not the same thing.
- Effort? Putting in effort all the time is really hard! I recently asked a friend who manages a very successful company: "how many people in your company push themselves and each other to work at 100% of their capacity, the whole time they are at work?" His response: "I don't even do that myself."